U-14 Football - Mick O'Brien Tournament

U-14 Football - Mick O'Brien Tournament

March 08, 2016

Our U-14 footballers were last week invited to the prestigious Mick O'Brien Football Tournament which was hosted by Nemo Rangers over 2 days, Saturday and Sunday. This tournament which has been running for 14 years and saw our boys represent the club for the very first time which was in itself a great honour. The teams involved were ourselves, the hosts Nemo Rangers, Austin Stacks (Kerry), St. Vincents (Dublin) and Naas (Kildare). The tournament was run along the Feile format (2 x 15 min halves) whereby each team played each other on Saturday with the plate and Cup finals decided on Sunday.

We got off to a great start with victories over the hosts Nemo Rangers and our Kerry neighbours Austin Stacks in the first 2 games. In the next 2 games, we lost out to both our Leinster opponents in 2 very tight games which saw us ultimately qualify for the plate final on Sunday. We arrived with 28 boys on Sunday morning (26 fit and able and 2 injured warriors who were there to shout on the lads) in eager anticipation to do ourselves justice in the backyard of one of Cork's most successful clubs. The lads did just that, running out winners on score of 4-8 to 1-1 in which all of the 26 boys played there part in the victory.

The term swings and roundabouts come to mind when reporting on this result as we had lost out heavily to the same team in the league last year so it was great to see the boys put minor set backs like that behind them and show that on their day they are as good as any other team in the county. As a group these lads have been trailblazers for the club in that they have been the first group to be invited to some of the big under-age competitions in Cork and have represented The Village with pride and honour on every occasion. We would like to thank Nemo Rangers for the invitation and the hospitality they showed us over the weekend. Next up is the first league game vs Carbery Rangers on Friday (11th March) at home @6.45pm so hopefully we will see a good crowd down to cheer on the boys. Up the Village!!

2016 U-14 Panel

Adam O'Keeffe, Liam McGarry, Mark Oldham (Capt for Mick O'Brien Tournament) Oisin O'Grady, Paraic O'Keeffe, Scott Kelly, Sean O'Donoghue, Shane Buckley, Stephen McCarthy, Adam Summers, Alan Cronin, Ayodeji Olatokunbo, Cathal Lyons, Cathal McDermott, Christopher Walsh, Danny Lucey, Darragh Brennan, Darragh Moriarty, David O' Sullivan, David Ryan, Davin Maloney-O'Keeffe, Dillon Ring, Killian Lee, Michael Gilmore, Patrick Kavanagh, Patrick Kelly, Rian Brennan, Robbie Walsh, Ruairi O' Connor, Sean Casey, Matthew Donovan, Sean O' Flynn, David Hume.